Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, Volume 6 (Google eBook)

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The Society, 1903 - Washington (D.C.)
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Page 160 - It would have been a less painful circumstance to me to have heard, that, in consequence of your non-compliance with their request, they had burnt my house and laid the plantation in ruins. You ought to have considered yourself as my representative, and should have reflected on the bad example of communicating with the enemy, and making a voluntary offer of refreshments to them with a view to prevent a conflagration.
Page 160 - I am very sorry to hear of your loss; I am a little sorry to hear of my own;* but that which gives me most concern, is, that you should go on board the enemys Vessels, and furnish them with refreshments.
Page 221 - Democratic procession, on its way to the city hall to celebrate the election of James K. Polk as President of the United States, was passing his father's house.
Page 161 - ... representative of my honor, has misled his judgment and plunged him into error, upon the appearance of desertion among my negroes, and danger to my buildings ; for sure I am, that no man is more firmly opposed to the enemy than he is. From a thorough conviction of this, and of his integrity, I entrusted every species of my property to his care, without reservation or fear of his abusing it. The last paragraph of my letter to him was occasioned by an expression of his fear, that all the estates...
Page 82 - It is with you, gentlemen, to consider whether the local powers over the District of Columbia vested by the Constitution in the Congress of the United States shall be immediately exercised.
Page 160 - ... defence, this was to be preferred to a feeble opposition, which only serves as a pretext to burn and destroy. I am thoroughly persuaded, that you acted from your best judgment, and believe, that your desire to preserve my property, and rescue the buildings from impending danger, was your governing motive ; but to go on board their vessels, carry them refreshments, commune with a parcel of plundering scoundrels, and request a favor by asking a surrender of my negroes, was exceedingly ill judged,...
Page 181 - ... received will not be lost on those who have it in their power to apply the remedy. Of all the amount of loss of papers and property sustained by this disaster, that which is most to be regretted (because irreparable) is that of the whole of the great repository of models of machines in the patent-office. The mouldering ashes now only remain of that collected evidence of the penetration, ingenuity, and enterprise which peculiarly distinguish the descendants of Europe in the Western world.
Page 106 - On our meeting this day we were equally surprised and concerned to find that you had proceeded to demolish Mr. Carroll's house. We were impelled by many considerations to give immediate directions to those acting in your absence to desist. We must observe to you, that allowing the measure to have been absolutely necessary, and such an one as Mr. Carroll might...
Page 29 - In old Newspaper Row as it used to exist there might be found any evening senators, representatives, cabinet ministers, now and then the vice-president, foreign ministers, prominent Federal officials from the large cities of the country, governors of states, etc. In the phrase then common among Washington correspondents, every one of them had his own senator, representative or cabinet member who came to his office and told him the news.

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